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Bloomsday in the Harbor

I almost went blind trying to read Ulysses. It was just after I’d finished graduate school. I packed up my son and my dog and a box of books and left Sag Harbor headed


This week in photos: June 9 — June 15

This week was a whirlwind of images, from the ever-threatening rainstorms to hulling night at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival to the moment a photograph of a blue bicycle was taken on Main Street in


Talking about climate change at Guild Hall.

Surviving Sandy: If you go down in the flood it’ll be your fault

It takes a lot to drag people off the beach in East Hampton on a perfect Saturday afternoon, so it’s a pretty nice feat that The Hamptons Institute at Guild Hall managed to bring


This is the beginning of a Ray Bradbury novel.

Learning to love the Strawberry Festival

I’m afraid of hulling night. I have to admit it and I’m very sorry to the Mattituck Lions Club and to all the people who love the Mattituck Strawberry Festival. I will learn to love


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Algae bloom season starts; shellfish programs fighting back

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, every one of the last seven years the brown tide has come back to Shinnecock Bay, a large, shallow lagoon-like bay just south of Hampton Bays and the Shinnecock


Shannon Merker's Big Duck flag flies over Flanders today.

Oh, you live in a duck? Where is Flanders?

It’s difficult to not have an inferiority complex when you live in Flanders. People in Riverhead think you’re uptight about reminding everyone that you live in Southampton Town, and therefore in The Hamptons. People


North Forkers to dance their butts off?

The East End has more than 1,000 registered non-profit organizations, and, despite the fact that they obviously can’t make a profit, they need money to do their work. Music producer and New York native Nile


This week in pictures: June 1—June 8

This week on the East End was punctuated by the usual early June sunshine and early summer traffic, dampened by a late week storm that washed the twin forks clean. The Beacon’s week began on


East End women like to be equal

A consortium of East End women took a bus trip to Albany June 4 to rally in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new 10-point plan addressing women’s rights. Among the highlights of the governor’s proposal,


This is the view from Lazy Point.

Bookshelf: The View from Lazy Point

It’s been more than a year since nature writer Carl Safina’s “The View from Lazy Point” was published, but the cautionary tale of this book is haunting enough to deserve a second read. Mr. Safina,


Looking out on downtown Riverhead.

Seeing Riverhead with fresh eyes

Wednesday was a typical morning in downtown Riverhead. Police and EMTs were bandaging up a motorcyclist who’d been struck at the corner of Roanoke Avenue and Main Street, in preparations to take him to


Garlic planted last fall is in good shape this time of year.

Rainy day vegetables

It’s on rainy early June days that the East End’s gardens begin to pop. Vegetable and flower plants that had been seedlings just days earlier react to the heat and moisture and rapidly become


Wilde Yacht Sales' Minor 27 at the Greenport Boat Show. My next boat.

Boat dreamin’ at the Greenport show

I used to have a boat, but now I don’t. She was a 24-foot Irwin sloop that I found in an advert on a website during the early days of the internet. She was


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The ocean doesn’t like you

Sand fleas. BMWs stretching to the horizon. Sandy bottoms. Dirty feet. Stinky bathrooms. Rancid hot dogs. Rip currents. Disinterested lifeguards. And you think the ocean likes you? It’s time once again for the media’s annual glorification


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East Enders take a stand against Monsanto

Protesters who have it in for genetically modified food took to the streets the world over on May 25 to argue their case against Monsanto, the multi-national agricultural biotechnology company that has a lockhold


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